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'The Business of Health Care Report'

Annual Food Drive Exemplifies Community Mindset
10/03/2005

I’m Doug Hawthorne, president and CEO of Texas Health Resources, with “The Business of Health Care Report.”

The mission of Texas Health Resources is to improve the health of people in the communities we serve. This doesn’t just mean physical and mental health. Good health depends on many factors.

Let’s take hunger for example. It’s difficult to be healthy when a family does not have food to eat. It’s hard to buy food without education and a job. It’s difficult to learn when you’re hungry. The negative effects of hunger go on and on and can greatly undermine public health.

This time of year, food-bank shelves are mostly bare. So, THR’s 17,000 employees embarked on our annual food drive, donating more than 500,000 items to local food pantries. Within the last three years, THR employees have contributed more than a million food items to those in need.

And the charities receiving food are local. For example, food collected by Arlington Memorial goes to charities located in Arlington, while items collected at other hospitals across the THR system – from Winnsboro in East Texas to Stephenville west of Fort Worth – help nourish residents of those communities.

These are the types of collaborative projects Texas Health Resources undertakes – incorporating a broader definition of health. Thankfully, we’re just one of the many generous Metroplex organizations helping keep food pantry shelves filled for those in need.

For Texas Health Resources and its faith-based hospitals – Harris Methodist, Presbyterian and Arlington Memorial – I’m Doug Hawthorne.

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